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California Welfare Benefits No Longer Include Lap Dances

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As someone who is ostensibly considered by society to be an adult, I'd like to think that if times got tough -- if, say, I lost my job and were in need of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families in the form of a state-issued debit card -- that it would never even occur to me to take that state-issued debit card to a strip club, withdraw cash from an ATM in the club, and then pay the strippers there for lap dances. I mean, I can see buying an occasional bottle of booze, nothing too fancy, and possibly even a pack of smokes; you know, the small pleasures in life that I certainly don't mind subsidizing for those down on their luck. But strippers? Call me old-fashioned, but I would at least like to think I'd draw the line on using my welfare benefits card for strippers. And I'm not alone! California apparently draws the line on the stripper thing, too.

"The California Department of Social Services is in the process of deactivating state-issued debit cards in strip clubs following a report that welfare recipients used their cards to withdraw cash at the clubs.

The Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday that more than $12,000 from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program was dispensed from 2007 to 2009 at several adult clubs, according to the department."

Of course, once the seed of a thought has been planted, well... But, before this, it really never would have occurred to me. Before this, I mean.
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